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Hawkeye Help: Syracuse Adds More to Defensive Line with John Raymon

The transfer from Iowa may help ease the blow if Ogundeko doesn’t choose Syracuse in 2 weeks.

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After Augustus Edwards’ blockbuster commitment to Syracuse yesterday, Orange Nation anxiously wonders whether his supposed package deal with Ebenezer Ogundeko will pan out. However, Iowa DE transfer John Raymon could fill any potential gap left by EO choosing Notre Dame or Florida.

First, a disclaimer: Raymon cannot completely fill EO’s shoes. Ogundeko would represent the long sought-after “crown jewel from New York” which Doug Marrone has lost out with recently in Ishaq Williams, Jarron Jones and Chad Kelly. Additionally, EO has showcased his abilities on big stages and is one of the most dominant edge rushers in the nation.

But Raymon and Ogundeko on the same line? The two could surpass the production of the Mikhail Marinovich and Jones tandem. Raymon committed to Iowa last February, only to slip academically and feel homesick. When it all became too much for JR to continue as a Hawkeye, he said he wanted to break out and move closer to home.

“Things just didn’t work out at Iowa. They told me they hoped things would work out at another school. Mainly, I just need to be closer to home.”

The Newtown, PA native will be much closer playing for the Orange when his transfer finally straightens out. A special waiver is needed to officially add him to the roster and clear him for play. Scout.com’s John Garcia Jr. told The Fizz getting Raymon on the roster is a work in progress.

“He’s enrolled, I’m just not sure football wise what’s there yet. SU is holding their tongue. It’s on Iowa. They’re losing him so they’re not going to be in any rush to help advance the process. I wouldn’t expect it to be finalized until training camp. It’s just a matter of that scholarship and him getting that waiver that he needs to play.”

The Post-Standard confirms that Raymon has in fact enrolled and is taking summer classes at SU. Iowa could help advance the football end of the process. SU has been looking for manpower at defensive end, and Raymon could help to fill that gap. At 6’5” 240 pounds, JR was a 3-star player out of high school with interest from Michigan, N.C. State, Pitt, WVU, and Purdue. Another defensive end who turned heads in big conferences? Sounds a lot like Ogundeko.

In high school, Raymon averaged 6.0 tackles per game. He’s raw, but ESPN’s scouts say his pro-ready size makes him star material at any D1 school.

“Raymon flashes some intriguing upside. He is a kid who possesses good size, looks to have nice reach, and has the frame to add more good size with time in a college weight program.”

Should Ogundeko join Raymon in Orange on the 24th, the two could make Syracuse a force to be reckoned with on defense.

 Posted: Jake Moskowitz

12 Comments on this Post

  1. Good stuff. Speaking of transfers, what’s going on with Funderburk?

  2. Would be awesome to have EO AND Raymon

  3. Norma Stitz

    “But Raymon and Ogundeko on the same line? The two could surpass the production of the Mikhail Marinovich and Jones tandem”

    god I would hope so! Jones had some solid games but Marinovich was a warm body and that was really it. I like them both because they were/are Orange but I don’ think teams stayed up at night worrying about them. And yes I know Jones was a 1st round pick, that isn’t my point. Just saying they weren’t show stoppers like Ebo could be.

  4. Cuse Don't Luse

    Agree with Norma marinovich did nothing this year at all raymon wayne williams EO isiah johnson all of these youngins could produce a special line to be reckon with

  5. Moskowitz

    Norma- yeah, it’s no big feat if the two are on the same line and do crush the Jones/Marinovich production, but I guess my point is “baby steps” with this program.

  6. Russell MacEachern

    Yeah fella’s but I don’t think JR is on the level as EO especially as a pass rusher…look for him to start slowly and down the line become a runstuffer and pass swatter…good but a little raw…still a good get!!I like were this class is going..”solid player’s”..

  7. i also like this pick up. could be a under the radar underrated type of player for the orange..

  8. With a little help in the secondary the, Orangemen are looking to fill the puzzle for 2013. Next year could be huge offensively and defensively

  9. Norma Stitz

    Completely agree Mosk, baby steps. I guess I am just voicing what I heard and what I felt from the past two years and that is that Marinovich would not have played if they had ANYONE else.

    Bruce, a kid that got a scholarship from Iowa is not a true under the radar player. We would have been cheering loudly if SU beat out Iowa for this player two years ago. I am cheering loudly now that he is Orange

    Chris, I think the secondary is loaded with talent and playmakers. It is unfair and just wrong to compare this years secondary to last years which I would agree was not good. Just wait and see. But I understand the skepticism, I really do. They are gonna be a ton better though, IMO.

  10. Cuse Don't Luse

    phil thomas was a hard hitting tackler with the occasional pick his departure is vastly overrated to our success Shamarko thomas is the much better coverage player and brings a pop as well, at one time they thought about moving him to linebacker this secondary will be very good all returning linebackers, corners, and jeremy wilkes played well when he did play last year INJURIES WILL KILL US

  11. Hery Fizz guys the whole JR story has faded into the back ground waiting for the EO- Ebenezer Orange thing to pass.
    Is JR going to play and that WR that was also blabbed by the local newspaper. Jump on the story that needs “jumping”!

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